City College of San Francisco

City College of San Francisco:Community Health Worker Certificate

The three connected certificates offered by the Community Health Worker Certificate Program are: The Community Health Worker, Youth Workerand Post Prison Health Worker Certificates. Each certificate has a different community focus, but share core public health foundation principles, competencies and a social justice perspective.

Contact:  Alma Avila:Program Director

Telephone: (415) 452-7481
Email: aavila@ccsf.edu
Home Page: http://www.ccsf.edu/aavila/

50 Phelan Avenue
Multi-Use Building, room 353
San Francisco, CA 94112

The Community Health Worker (CHW) provides health education, information and referrals, and client advocacy in both clinic and community settings. The CHW serves as a two-way bridge between communities and resources. They play a vital role in reducing health disparities among underserved communities by reducing barriers to access in a culturally appropriate way. The San Francisco Department of Public Health accepts the certificate of accomplishment to satisfy six out of twelve months of experience that is required as minimum qualification for hiring as a City Health Worker.

The CHW certificate requires successful completion of 17 units.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the Community Health Worker Certificate Program, students will be able to:
• Analyze and discuss the root causes and consequences of health disparities on local, national and global communities.
• Research (including online research) and evaluate the quality and accuracy of health information and culturally relevant resources and services.
• Discuss and integrate health professional skills including ethics, scope of practice, professional boundaries, cultural humility, conflict resolution skills and self care practices.
• Conduct an initial interview or assessment with a client, applying a strength-based approach to assess needs, resources, priorities and proposed actions.
• Interpret and provide non-clinical health advising on various health topics, from a client-centered perspective.
• Demonstrate client-centered counseling drawing upon active listening skills and motivational interviewing concepts and skills.
• Prepare, implement and document a client-centered service coordination/case management/action plan including the provision of culturally appropriate referrals.
• Create and facilitate a group health education training or presentation (about core competencies) using popular education theory and methods.
• Describe and demonstrate effective group level or team work.
• Analyze and apply community organizing skills through the Community Action Model (CAM) including an understanding of the public policy process and how to conduct a community diagnosis.
• Construct a professional resume and portfolio showcasing employability competencies and professionalism and apply job interviewing skills as part of job readiness.

Courses Required for the Certificate of Accomplishment in Community Health Worker
Course Units
HLTH 60* CHW Skills …………………………………………………… 3
HLTH 62* Prep for Field Experience
or HLTH 201* CHW Principles & Practice 1 …………….2-5
HLTH 61* CHW Field: Health Services …………………………. 3
HLTH 63* CHW Field Experience …………………………………. 2
HLTH 64 Health Ed and Prevention………………………………. 3
Electives (see below)……………………………………………………….. 4
Total Units……………………………………………………………… 17
Students must complete four units from the following list of electives:
Course Units
HLTH 10 Health and Aging ………………………………………….. 3
HLTH 20 Sexual Well Being………………………………………….. 3
HLTH 25 Women’s Health Issues …………………………………. 3
HLTH 26 Women’s Health: Adv Issues…………………………. 3
HLTH 27 Men’s Health Issues ………………………………………. 3
HLTH 38 Trauma Response and Recovery……………………. 3
HLTH 42 Intro to Social Marketing for Health……………… 1
HLTH 45 AIDS: The Epidemic ……………………………………… 1
HLTH 46 Immigrant Health………………………………………….. 3
HLTH 65 Youth Leadership in Public Health ……………….. 3
HLTH 66 Chronic Conditions ………………………………………. 3
HLTH 97 Health & Stress in Society ……………………………… 3
HLTH 83 Motivational Counseling Skills ……………………… 3 HLTH 90B Harm Reduction and Health…………………….. 0.5
HLTH 110 Health Impacts of Incarceration …………… 3
HLTH 111 Women, Incarceration and Health………………. 1
HLTH 112 Promoting Wellness for Formerly
Incarcerated Communities ………………………………………. 0.5
HLTH 116 Conflict Resolution Skills…………………………….. 1
HLTH 117 Demystifying Health Research ……………………. 1
HLTH 221 Health and Social Justice……………………………… 3
HLTH 231 Urban Health Policy ……………………………………. 3
ERT 104 Intro to Phlebotomy …………………………………….. 3.5
MED 49 Clinical Procedures …………………………………………. 4
CDEV 67 The Child, the Family, & the Community……… 3
WOMN 54 Politics of Sexual Violence ………………………….. 3
WOMN 55 Ending Sexual Violence: Peer Ed ………………… 3
IDST 80-81 Diversity & Social Justice……………………… 0.5–1
ADMJ 51 Juvenile Procedures……………………………………….. 3
ADMJ 59 Organized Crime and Gangs …………………………. 3
HLTH 12 Hlth Providers Basic Life Support/First Aid
or HLTH 14 Advanced First Aid and
Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers ……………. 1–2
HLTH 67 HIV/STI Prevention
or HLTH 76 Group Facilitation ………………………………….. 3
HLTH 94 Transgender Hlth: An Overview
or HLTH 95 Transgender Hlth: Working with
Clients and Communities
or HLTH 96 Transgender Hlth: Public
Health Strategies…………………………………………………… 0.5–1
LERN 51 College Success Basics
or LERN 52A Specific Study Strategies
or LERN 52B Specific Study Strategies
or LERN 62 Successful Job Search Techn………………. 0.5-1
SUPV 231 Intro to Super/Management
or SUPV 234 Communication for Business Mgmt ……… 3
MABS 202 PowerPoint Presentations
or MABS 391 Word Proc/Microsoft Word…………………. 3
*Note: HLTH 60 (3 units) and HLTH 62 (2 units) are taken concurrently or alternately HLTH 201 (5 units) in the first semester. HLTH 61 (3 units)
and HLTH 63 (2 units) are taken concurrently in the second semester.

 

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